CINE LATINO: The Bitter for the Sweet


CLAS Vice Chair Sara Lamson reviews the documentary "The Price of Sugar."

“The Price of Sugar” a new documentary by director Bill Haney, explores the lives of these Haitian laborers. The film follows the story of Father Christopher Hartley, an Anglo-Spanish disciple of Mother Teresa who moved to the Dominican Republic in 1997 to minister in the parish of San José de los Llanos, a town which lies in the midst of some of the nation’s largest sugar plantations. The film recounts Father Hartley’s nearly decade-long struggle to better the living and working conditions of his flock, whose lot he equates with modern-day slavery. Narrated by Paul Newman and illustrated with often stunning videography, the documentary captures a shocking panorama of life in the bateyes and cane fields.

Sara Lamson
Publication date: 
August 21, 2007
Publication type: 
Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies Article